Originally created 04/21/01

PBS figure will speak at seminar



PBS commentator Tony Brown will speak at the Fourth Annual Information Technology Conference Scholarship Banquet next week.

The banquet, which will be at 7 p.m. April 28 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in downtown Augusta, is the exclamation point on two days of information technology seminars at Augusta Technical College.

"We always try and get someone well-known to be a part of these conferences," said John Chase, the president of the CSRA-Black Data Processors Association chapter, a local information technology group.

"Tony Brown is big on computers and getting people involved and learning information technology. I don't know exactly what he's going to say - you never do with these guest speakers - but it should be interesting and informative."

The two-day conference will start Friday and run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Augusta Tech's Jack Patrick Information Technology Center.

Companies attending the conference include Sun Microsystems, which will hold a seminar on JAVA; Comcast, which will hold a seminar on cable Internet; Microsoft, which will discuss Windows 2000; and Georgia Institute of Technology, which will discuss wearable computers and a workshop showing children how to build computers from scratch.

"This conference is designed for anybody, any race and from the beginner to the computer expert," Mr. Chase said. "We have stuff for children and stuff for high schoolers and stuff for professionals."

Other companies and agencies attending the conference will be BellSouth, IBM, Lotus, the Georgia Department of Energy, Oracle, Sprint PCS and Wireless Solutions. Some of the companies will be accepting resumes.

A free high school program will be set up for 70 students interested in attending seminars. Slots are still open, Mr. Chase said.

For everyone else, conference sessions cost $29 each and the banquet April 28 costs $35 per ticket. Participants can attend all sessions and the banquet for $99.

"We want the world to know that there are a lot of people in the CSRA with information technology training and background," Mr. Chase said. "And we want to attract some of those business here."

Reach John Bankston at (706) 823-3352 or jbanks15@hotmail.com.